Rose gunning for gold in Rio

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Justin Rose might be enjoying his time in the preamble leading up to his event, but make no mistake: He means business.

The Englishman has struggled with a back injury of late and the results reflect this with a best finish of T19 and a missed cut in his last five starts. 

Nonetheless, Rose has been resting since the PGA Championship and is confident he will be in the medal hunt come Sunday afternoon in Rio. 

"It's what everyone's here for," quipped the 2013 US Open winner on europeantour.com.

"In the wider Team GB, it's what everyone trains for. It's what they expect. I think it's the kind of event that there's three places that are worth shooting for and then there's kind of – you were there to compete as an Olympian.

"Other than that, there's a pretty finite goal this week. It's either achieve or you don't.

"But saying that, you're going to come out of this week with a memory that will last a lifetime. If you don't come away with a medal, I think you're still going to look back fondly on the experience.”

With many of the world's best golfers skipping the Games due to concerns about the Zika Virus or scheduling issues, Rose believes he in the running for a medal.

"I would say I'm on the short list," said the 36-year-old. 

"I think Henrik [Stenson] is probably the favourite. I'm right there, for sure. I'm playing well and I think if I have my week, I'm going to be as hard to beat as anybody. Feeling good about the course. Feeling good about my preparation and looking forward to it.

"I haven't had something click yet for a while, although I know things haven't been that far off. I'm just waiting for my run and I would say this would be a good week to start."

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